Sunday, 24 May 2015

Hare-brained idea

It's 5am and I'm back at Rainham Marsh - not sure why I needed to be there quite that early, the night before it seemed like a good idea. The sound of a Cuckoo calling and Grasshopper Warbler reeling are abruptly interrupted by the exploding song of a Cetti's Warbler as I follow the footpath at the west end of the marsh.

My many previous attempts at photographing Cetti's Warbler have all typically ended in failure, with a trash bin full of deleted photographs of birds partially obscured by dense cover. So for once, it was good to get a clean shot of a bird briefly out in the open - and that's about as good as the morning got. Aveley Bay was waderless, there were a few Common Terns milling about mid river and scoping the reserve from the sea wall didn't result in much either, apart from what looks like a good breeding season for both Redshank and Lapwing.

Rainham, Marsh, RSPB

Rainham, Marsh, RSPB

There was one other bonus for being out at this time in the morning, and this was having great views of a Brown Hare as it fed along the grassy edge of the roadside verge - I've seen them previously at Rainham but never as close as this.

Rainham, Marsh, RSPB

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